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Côte d’Or

South and east of Chablis is the famed Côte d’Or, where the most renowned wines of Burgundy are produced. Here east- and southeast-facing slopes gain maximum benefit from the sun and are protected from the wind by the Morvan hills to the west. The base of the soil is limestone mixed with marl, a pebbly mix of limestone and clay. Where the limestone predominates, excellent whites are made from the Chardonnay grape, and where the marl predominates, red wines are made from Pinot Noir.

The Côte d’Or is split into two parts. To the north is the Côte de Nuits, home to the most full-bodied reds of Burgundy. The south is the Côte de Beaune, where many say the finest dry whites in the world are made, as well as some lovely, elegant reds.



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